In a new study, researchers found that eating no breakfast is linked to a higher risk of death from heart disease.
The finding suggests that it is important to eat breakfast every day.
In the study, the team analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1988 to 1994.
During a follow-up of 18 years, the researchers collected information from 6,550 people aged 40 to 75. These people had no history of heart disease or cancer.
Participants were asked to answer “How often do you eat breakfast?” and possible answers included, “every day,” “some days,” “rarely” and “never.”
The team found that among the participants, 5.1% never ate breakfast, 10.9% rarely ate breakfast, 25% ate breakfast some days and 59% ate breakfast every day.
Moreover, people who never ate breakfast had an 87% higher risk of heart disease-specific mortality than those who ate breakfast every day.
The team suggests that skipping breakfast was linked to many health risks, including changes in appetite, decreased satiety, elevated blood pressure, and harmful changes in lipid levels.
It was also an unhealthy lifestyle habit.
These factors may increase the risk of death from heart disease.
The finding is constant with other studies that found that breakfast can play a big role in heart health.
Researchers from Michigan Medicine suggests that people eat a heart-healthy breakfast every day.
One example of a healthy breakfast includes low-fat Greek yogurt, banana, granola with raspberries.
In this breakfast, bananas provide potassium, which helps reduce blood pressure. Raspberries are rich in polyphenols, micronutrients that are linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.
The yogurt is packed with protein to help curb appetite. And the low-sugar granola supplies fiber, iron, unsaturated fats, and healthy calories.
The study is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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